Last Call for the Winter Games
Despite starting off with the tragic death of Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili, and being trashed in the foreign press for all the misfires, Vancouver breathed a collective sigh of relief this weekend as the Winter Games came together.
Athletic accomplishments and personal bests were set with Team Canada winning 14 gold medals for the Winter Olympics.
Sidney Crosby to the Rescue: After leading the charge for most of the gold medal hockey game, Team Canada gave up a goal (with less than a minute to go) to send the game into overtime. Team USA had the momentum and Ryan Miller, but Nova Scotia’s Sidney Crosby saved the country from a collective nervous breakdown (does Sidney have a girlfriend?) The New York tabloids are calling him “Sid Vicious” but he’s just Sid the Kid to us.
The cross-border drama isn’t over yet. Who wouldn’t love to sneak into GM Place to witness Ryan Kessler’s return to the Canucks’ dressing room?
All Bets are on: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama had a friendly bet on the gold medal showdown. President Obama owes the PM a 24-pack of Molson Canadian.
Their spokespeople (Robert Gibbs and Dimitri Soudas) also bet on the game. Stay tuned to CNN for the next few weeks so you can catch Gibbs in a Team Canada hockey sweater for the first 15 minutes of an-camera briefing. Soudas said he’d be sending Gibbs a Team Canada jersey “to remember and cherish for the rest of his life the closest friendship between any two countries in the world.”
Closing Ceremony: In a typically Canadian self-deprecating way, the Closing Ceremonies started off by mocking the cauldron glitch during the Opening Ceremonies. This time, the fourth arm of the cauldron appeared and Catriona Le May Doan lit the torch.
After the parade of athletes, singer Neil Young rose from the floor (or the dead) to sing Long May You Run and former SCTV star, Catherine O’Hara, explained why Canadians keep saying: “I’m sorry.” William Shatner described Canada’s final frontier and Michael J. Fox recalled his early beginnings in Burnaby, BC.
Musical contributions came from Michael Bublé (looking hot as a Mountie) singing a jazzed up version of The Maple Leaf Forever, as he introduced a parade of Canadian stereotypes ranging from tabletop hockey players to inflatable beavers and moose. Nikki Yanofsky, Eva Avila, and Derek Miller sang Let’s Have a Party in English and French. Nickelback (How You Remind Me, Burn It To The Ground), Avril Lavigne (My Happy Ending, Girlfriend), Alanis Morissette (Wunderkind), and Hedley also performed.
Vancouver 2010 over and out. Even though we may experience Winter Games withdrawal for the next few days, we wish the best of luck to Sochi 2014. Now, bring on the BC jobs and a revived economy that spreads across the country!
Update: Robert Gibbs followed through on his bet loss with Canadian spokesperson, Dimitri Soudas, and wore a Team Canada hockey jersey for a few minutes during a daily briefing. He then took the Canada jersey off to reveal a Team USA jersey underneath (Boo!).